Valerie Doran | Director
For many years, Valerie has desired to help young people to experience God’s love and acquire a deeper knowledge of the Catholic faith. While growing up, she led music in her parish for 10 years. As a young adult, she obtained a certificate in sacred studies at John Paul II Bible School, and also traveled for a year with NET Ministries, putting on retreats for youth all over the States.
Later in life, when Valerie saw the success of Arcātheos (a boys’ camp started and directed by her husband) and heard a number of girls expressing their desire to also have an adventure camp, and felt the need to make this a reality.
In 2011, Valerie began creating a team of talented young women and mothers. This team shared in the desire to help others discover God’s love, grow in their understanding the feminine genius (as taught by St. John Paul II), and discover their potential as Catholic leaders in the world. Within three months a unique camp, not found anywhere else, was created!
Valerie directed Captivenia for two years, before turning her focus to spiritual aspects of the camp. In 2016 Valerie returned to her position as Director, and is very excited for what God has in store!
Valerie loves her life in Okotoks, Alberta, where she resides with her husband, Dr. Brian Doran, and their seven children.
Nadia Rhodes | Assistant Director
Having witnessed the rich fruits and graces of Arcātheos, in the lives of her sons and husband, Gerald, she had prayed many years for a similar program specifically for girls. Nadia was overjoyed when she received an email announcing the founding of a sister-camp to Arcātheos designed specifically to form the feminine heart.
Nadia was invited to be part of the 2011 founding team for Captivenia as the Meresera Liaison. In 2012, her responsibilities expanded as she accepted the position of Assistant Director, overseeing administrative and operational needs.
Nadia has a heart for working with women and a great love for sharing the beauty and riches of the Catholic faith. Her desire to bring Christ to others has motivated her to reach out and serve in her local parish community and beyond.
Erica Chudyk | Assistant Director » Youth
Born and raised in a small town in rural Alberta, I’ve always had a passion for the outdoors, spending hours outside exploring with my siblings. Being homeschooled especially enabled me to develop my adventurous side. My mom was particularly active in the church and I first participated and then helped plan and lead Kids for Jesus, Challenge and various other youth events. My summers were spent at Ignite and ECYD camps until my dream came true and Arcãtheos got a sister camp that I was thrilled to join as a team member.
I first volunteered in backstage theatrics as a Messenger (characters who lead the girls through their tournament training and missions) and as schedule co-ordinator. After graduating, I spent a year in Australia volunteering for NET Ministries. A year after my return I married my husband, Brandon Chudyk, and, together, we lead a young adults group through Jason and Crystalina Evert’s Pure Life series. We now live in Stony Plain, AB where I am part of the Life Teen Core Team in our parish and work as a Massage Therapist. After a break I was so grateful to be a part of Captivenia again last year as schedule co-ordinator and Presera (receiving Bellesera applications and helping lead the Bells through their training) and look forward to serving on the Core Team.
Emily Price | Theatrics Director
Emily has always had a passion and a love for all things mythical and fantastic. Throughout her life, story and fantasy have been sure channels through which God has made Himself known to her. She now desires to do the same for others by creating encounters with Beauty that will form and shape even the deepest corners of a person’s heart.
Over the years, wrestling with and exploring the feminine genius has become a staple of her life. Being deeply convicted of the truth of the Catholic Church, she yearns to see all women and girls set ablaze in fullness of life and true freedom. Her greatest desire for all who enter the Kingdom of Captivenia, is that they would grow ever closer to God and in Him, becoming more and more of the person, and the saint, that they are meant to be.
She holds a Bachelor in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in International Studies and, Religious studies. She has also completed the two year lay apostolate formation program at St. Therese Institute of Faith and Mission. She is currently living in Toronto, where she works for Campaign Life Coalition as both their Global Policy and Research Coordinator as well as one of their Youth Coordinators.